Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, August 29, 2011
MIRABEL, Quebec (AP) — Brittany Lincicome was singing in the rain Sunday in the Canadian Women's Open
"I was very patient, singing a lot of songs, very chatty," Lincicome said after her second LPGA Tour victory of the season and fifth overall.
To stay focused, the long-hitting American sings to herself as part of her sports psychology program.
Lincicome, with former Canadian player A.J. Eathorne working as her caddie, saved par on the 18th hole for a 2-under 70 to edge defending champion Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis by a stroke on the Hillsdale course. Lincicome finished at 13 under and earned $337,500. She also won the ShopRite Classic in June.
Lewis shot a 67 — the best round of the day — to match Wie (72) at 12 under.
"I knew the day was going to be hard and you just have to get through it — grind over every putt and every shot," said Lewis, who got in 15 holes before the rain started.
Wie, the winner last year at St. Charles in Winnipeg, Manitoba, needed a birdie on the 18th to force a playoff, but missed the green, took a drop to get clear of a fence, and made par.
U.S. Solheim Cup players took the top five spots, with Cristie Kerr (71) and Angela Stanford (72) tying for fourth at 11 under.
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — Mark Calcavecchia won the Boeing Classic for his first Champions Tour title, beating Russ Cochran with a two-putt birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
Calcavecchia and Cochran shot 7-under 65s to finish at 14 under at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
Calcavecchia, a 13-time PGA Tour winner making his 31st career start in two seasons on the 50-and-over tour, almost wrapped up the title on the par-5 18th in regulation, but his lengthy eagle putt came up a few inches short. Cochran, who nearly aced the par-3 17th, made a 12-foot eagle putt on 18 to force the playoff.
In the playoff, Calcavecchia found nearly the same spot on the 18th green as he did regulation, while Cochran pulled his second shot into a greenside bunker. Cochran's bunker shot bounced past the pin into the rough and Calcavecchia two-putted for the title.
Last month in the Senior British Open, Cochran rallied to beat Calcavecchia by two strokes.
ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Kelly Kraft took the lead when UCLA star Patrick Cantlay bogeyed the 16th hole, then hung on for a 2-up victory in the U.S. Amateur final at Erin Hills.
Kraft, coming off his senior season at SMU, received a spot on the U.S. Walker Cup team after the match. Both finalists will receive a spot in next year's U.S. Open, and both traditionally are invited to the Masters. As the winner, the 22-year-old Kraft also gets a spot in the British Open.
That's provided both players keep their amateur status, something Kraft seemed to be leaning toward.
The 19-year-old Cantlay, already on the Walker Cup team, had two extra-hole victories in the event but couldn't come up with the shots he needed with the title at stake in the 36-hole final.
Johnnie Walker Championship
GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — Denmark's Thomas Bjorn won the Johnnie Walker Championship, birdieing the fifth hole of a playoff with South Africa's George Coetzee.
In cold and windy conditions at Gleneagles, Bjorn birdied the par-5 18th three straight time to hold off Coetzee in the playoff that started with five players. Austria's Bernd Wiesberger dropped out on the first extra hole, Spain's Pablo Larrazabal on the second and England's Mark Foster on the fourth.
They finished regulation at 11-under 277.
Bjorn also won the Qatar Masters in February. He has 12 European Tour victories.
News Sentinel Open
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three-time PGA Tour winner Kirk Triplett won the News Sentinel Open to become the oldest winner in Nationwide Tour history at 49 years, 4 months, 29 days, closing with his second straight 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Marco Dawson.
Triplett finished at 21 under on the Fox Den course and earned $90,000 to jump from 119th to 33rd on the money list with $110,523. The final top 25 will earn 2012 PGA Tour cards.
The 48-year-old Dawson also finished with a 68.
John Daly, playing on a sponsor exemption, had a 68 to tie for 32nd at 11 under.